Working to reduce alcohol harm

Time to put words into action – Open letter to Members of the European Parliament

Alcohol Action Ireland is a co-signatory of the open letter to the Members of the European Parliament who sit in the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), in relation to the ongoing revision of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD). Dear members of the Committee on Culture and Education, Time to put words into action On 25 May 2016, the European Commission adopted a proposal to revise the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD), which includes provisions governing commercial communications for... Full Story


Alcohol, self-harm and suicide – an all-island perspective

The North South Alcohol Policy Advisory Group invites you to a Knowledge Exchange Seminar: Alcohol, self-harm and suicide -an all-island perspective It takes place on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, from 10am to 4pm at Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. This seminar will facilitate sharing of knowledge and experiences between a range of stakeholders working in policy, research, service delivery and community action on alcohol, self-harm and suicide. It aims to facilitate knowledge exchange on: Evidence on the... Full Story


High prevalence of ‘pre-drinking’ and heavy drinking identified in new survey

Alcohol Action Ireland has described the findings of a new survey on 'pre-drinking' as worrying, due to the prevalence of harmful drinking patterns identified in Ireland. The survey, published in Drug and Alcohol Review, examined the effects of drinking, heavy drinking and drink prices on 'pre-drinking', with pre-drinking defined as alcohol consumed before going out, where more alcohol is consumed. The survey, using data provided to the Global Drug Survey by those aged 16 to 35, found that Ireland was... Full Story


We have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol and it’s spilling onto our roads, says Minister Ross

The preliminary findings of a new report, which examined the toxicology reports of those killed in road crashes in 2014, has revealed that 31% of people killed had alcohol in their system at the time of their deaths. The examination of toxicology reports for 2014* was commissioned by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) and conducted by the Health Research Board (HRB) as part of the NDRDI (National Drug Related Death Index).  It is the most up to date information available... Full Story


‘Drink less, gain more’ – HSE launches AskAboutAlcohol.ie

The HSE has launched a new website for the public on alcohol – about how much we’re drinking, how it affects our health, and how we can gain more by drinking less. Speaking at today’s launch of AskAboutAlcohol.ie, Dr Stephanie O’Keeffe, HSE National Director for Health & Wellbeing said, “This is the first HSE website that  provides dedicated information about alcohol risk and offers support and guidance to anyone who wants to cut back on their drinking. Comprehensive surveys show... Full Story


Ireland’s per capita alcohol consumption increased in 2016

Alcohol consumption in Ireland increased during 2016, according to provisional figures released by the Revenue Commissioners. The figures show that per capita alcohol consumption was 11.46 litres of pure alcohol per person aged 15+ in 2016, an increase of 4.8% from 2015, when it was 10.93 litres. There were increases recorded in all categories of alcohol: spirits (+8.9%), cider (+8.5%), wine (+6.2%), and beer (+3.7%). Alcohol Action Ireland is calling on the Government to implement the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill... Full Story


Alcohol is having a devastating impact on our young people’s mental health – Minister McEntee

National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health discusses the damage alcohol is doing to the mental health of our young people in the context of the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People Helen McEntee today (Wednesday) reiterated her support for the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill. The Minister was speaking after the National Taskforce on Youth Mental Health discussed, at its recent meeting, the damage alcohol is doing to the mental health of our young... Full Story


Cabinet approves legislation brought forward by Minister Shane Ross to ensure that all drivers detected drink driving receive a disqualification

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, has welcomed the decision of the Government earlier today to approve the General Scheme of a Road Traffic (Fixed Penalty – Drink Driving) Bill 2017. Speaking today the Minister said: “The evidence shows that despite a perception to the contrary, drink driving continues to be a very serious issue in this country. We can no longer be ambivalent in our attitude toward this destructive practice.” Research conducted by the Road... Full Story


NAGP Supports Public Health (Alcohol) Bill

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has given its support to the  Public Health (Alcohol) Bill and urged the Government not to bow to pressure from private interests. The GP body say the Legislative Bill puts health before profit. Family doctors, as the first point of contact for health advice, strongly support this approach. Dr. Emmet Kerin, NAGP President, said, “Family doctors see, first-hand, the  troubling  consequences of alcohol abuse on young people and the associated social problems.  Three people died each day... Full Story


Latest alcohol industry report once again puts narrow sectoral interests ahead of public health

Alcohol Action Ireland has said the latest report from the Alcohol Beverage Federation of Ireland (ABFI) once again puts narrow sectoral interests ahead of public health. “It is clear from this report that the alcohol industry views the potential impact of Brexit as a crisis that requires a high level of State intervention on its behalf. The interventions called for in the report include fiscal and regulatory measures, as well as challenging EU State Aid rules to ensure the alcohol... Full Story


Latest Reports

Alcohol - The Irish Situation

An updated (November 2016) fact sheet on alcohol in Ireland from the Health Research Board.

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Diageo's 'Stop Out of Control Drinking' Campaign in Ireland: An Analysis

It has been argued that the alcohol industry uses corporate social responsibility activities to influence policy and undermine public health, and that every opportunity should be taken to scrutinise such activities. This study analyses a controversial Diageo-funded ‘responsible drinking’ campaign (“Stop out of Control Drinking”, or SOOCD) in Ireland. The study aims to identify how the campaign and its advisory board members frame and define (i) alcohol-related harms, and their causes, and (ii) possible solutions.

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The Irish European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Report 2015

This report is based on the 2015 European Schools Project for Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) Survey carried out in Ireland and is the sixth Irish data-collection wave of ESPAD. It is based on data from more than 1,400 Irish students surveyed in 2015. The most important goal of the ESPAD survey is to monitor trends in alcohol and other drug use among 15-16 year-olds and to compare trends between countries and groups of countries. It also provides the opportunity to observe the changes in these trends in Ireland over the six waves in the past 20 years.

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